Shoulder dystocia occurs during delivery when a newborn’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. There are certain techniques hospital staff can use in these situations that allow an infant to safely deliver, but failure to act quickly or properly can result in potentially permanent injuries to the child.
When a baby suffers from shoulder dystocia, doctors can use the following delivery maneuvers:
- McRoberts Maneuver: The doctor flexes the mother’s legs tightly to her abdomen to widen the pelvis and flatten the spine in the lower back.
- Woods Corkscrew: One of the infant’s shoulders is pushed towards the baby’s chest and the other shoulder is pushed towards the baby’s back.
- Suprapubic pressure: The doctor applies pressure to the mother’s lower abdomen.
Performing a Caesarian section (C-section) can also help a newborn avoid permanent shoulder injuries.
When hospital staff fail to diagnose and fix shoulder dystocia, a child’s nerves can tear from the root and cause a condition called brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy.
Philadelphia Erb’s palsy lawyer Larry Cohan has been fighting for families dealing with brachial plexus injuries for more than 30 years. Contact his medical malpractice team at Anapol Weiss for a free case evaluation if your child was injured during delivery. Larry and his team will investigate your situation and determine if you have grounds to file a PA brachial plexus lawsuit.